Formula 1: FIA makes the next change – pilots go on the barricades
Watch out! Next change in the formula 1!
For the British Grand Prix, the formula 1 now changed the official schedule of the press conferences – again. The FIA changed the timing at the start of the season. But the drivers did not agree, now the FIA has reacted.
Formula 1: FIA announces change
Since the beginning of the season, the press conferences no longer take place on Thursdays as usual, but only on Fridays. To be more precise: before the first free practice session. This caused criticism among the pilots.
The 2022 Formula 1 racing calendar
- 20 March Bahrain GP (season opener)
- March 27 Saudi Arabia GP
- 10 April Australian GP
- 24 April Emilia Romagna GP (Imola)
- May 8 Miami GP
- May 22nd Spanish GP
- 29 May Monaco GP
- June 12 Azerbaijan GP
- June 19 Canadian GP
- 03 July Great Britain GP
- July 10 Austrian GP
- July 24th French GP
- July 31 Hungarian GP
- 28 August Belgian GP
- 04 September Netherlands GP
- 11 September Italian GP
- 02 October Singapore GP
- October 9th Japanese GP
- 23 October Austin GP
- October 30th Mexican GP
- November 13 Brazilian GP
- 20 November Abu Dhabi GP
A few weeks ago, world champion Max Verstappen complained: “The format was better before. Thursday is now very long, but officially it is no longer a day that counts as part of the race weekend. But we have just as much or even more to do on Thursday. And then again on Friday.” The Red Bull star is referring to the media and sponsor appointments that the teams always have on Thursday.
So with the drivers having numerous commitments on both Thursday and Friday, they are now spending more time at the track than originally planned, rather than less.
Formula 1 reacts to driver criticism
That’s why the FIA has reacted and already changed the schedule for the upcoming British GP. As in previous years, the press conferences for the drivers will also take place on Thursdays and will begin 23 hours before the scheduled start of the first free practice session.
The PK is held in two groups of five pilots each and lasts 30 minutes. If a rider does not attend the press conference, they must attend a media session organized by their team on Thursday. The press conferences after qualifying and the race remain unchanged.
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However, the changes still have to be officially approved by the World Motor Sport Council next week.
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